Teen Sentenced in Assault Case

A suspect in three assault cases has been sentenced to two years in one of the incidents. Kyle Ferraguti still faces charges in similar incidents in Douglas and Sarpy counties.

He was sentenced of two counts Monday. Those were Third Degree Assault and Attempted Strangulation. He was credited with 211 days served and must register as a sex offender.

The two year sentence was a maximum.

In court, Ferraguti said he knows he made mistakes in his youth.

His grandmother, Diana Ferraguti, said she was surprised by the sentence and thought it was harsh.

"This kid needs help," she said. "He needs counseling. He needs help."

The judge said Feragutti was a possible danger to himself and others and therefore she felt she couldn't grant probation.

County prosecutor Laurie Burgess said she was happy with the sentence, especially after meeting with the victim.

"She looked at me and she said, 'I thought I was gonna die, when he- I couldn't breathe and I thought I was gonna die. I thought this was the last thing I was gonna see.'" Burgess said.

Ferraguti still faces two other assault cases. One in Sarpy county, for attempted strangulation and assault. The other for allegedly raping and beating an Elkhorn teenager. Both happened while Feragutti was out of jail on this case.

The judge said this information disturbed her and she had to take it into account on this sentencing.

Gina Ferraguti, Kyle's mother, said she thought that information should have been left out of this case.

"Let the other cases speak for themselves and the evidence speak for itself," she said.

Kyle Ferraguti will be held at the Douglas County Youth Center until those other hearings. He's been there since late April.

Both of the other cases will go to court in either August or September.

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